According to Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times, there were “multiple indications” that Wilson was going to start the third exhibition game.
Coach Pete Carroll hasn’t made any announcement, and giving Wilson the start over Matt Flynn might just be a matter of giving him equal time, after Matt Flynn has played the first halves of the first two games. That’s more than a starter usually gets, and evening up the time to give Wilson a look at the ones could just be to evaluate them on a more even basis.
It’s clear that Carroll and the Seahawks staff are enamored with the rookie quarterback, and they’ve gone out of their way to say Matt Flynn’s not going to get the job based on contract alone.
But if he starts Wilson in the game most coaches consider their dress rehearsal, who’s to say Carroll won’t go ahead and play him in the regular season?